Phoenix Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often fatal, and those who survive them often suffer severe mental, physical, and sensory impairments. If your brain has been seriously injured in a car accident, fall, workplace accident, or as a result of medical malpractice, your life has undoubtedly changed. Your symptoms will depend on the type, location, and severity of the injury and you’ll need the help of a seasoned Phoenix brain injury lawyer to help you through this difficult time.
Brain injuries are of two major types: penetrating injuries, in which some type of object pierces the skull and penetrates into the brain tissue; and closed head injuries, the more frequent type, in which an impact to the head, for example when the head hits the windshield or dashboard in a car crash, causes either primary or secondary brain damage. Primary damage occurs immediately, while secondary brain damage develops over a period of time.
Types of primary brain damage include skull fractures, contusions, hematomas (either between the skull and the brain or inside the brain), laceration or tearing of brain tissue, and diffuse axonal injury, which is extensive damage to the nerve fibers in the brain, often resulting in coma, vegetative state, or death.
Secondary brain damage brain includes swelling (edema), intracranial pressure, seizures, infection, and hematoma. This can affect various systems in the body, including the circulatory and respiratory systems.
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents are responsible for half of all traumatic brain injuries in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Among the elderly, falls are the leading cause of brain injuries. Many of these injuries could have been prevented and would not have occurred but for the careless of negligent act of another person.
The victim of a TBI caused by another’s negligence is entitled to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages resulting from the accident. These are usually extensive. You should look for an attorney who specializes in personal injury law and who has experience handling large value catastrophic injury cases. In Phoenix, the personal injury lawyers at Curiel and Runion are well equipped to advocate on your behalf in these high-stakes cases.
Impairments Associated with Brain Damage
Physical problems caused by brain damage may include
- hearing loss
- nausea and vomiting
- blurred vision
- decreased sense of smell or taste
- loss of strength and coordination
- bladder and/or bowel problems
Cognitive problems may include:
- trouble concentrating
- slower information processing
- short-term memory problems
- executive function problems
- organizational difficulties
Language and communication problems are also associated with traumatic brain injuries:
- difficulty following a conversation
- difficulty with writing, spelling, and vocabulary
- slow or slurred speech
These and other problems make living with a traumatic brain injury difficult and frustrating. Many brain-injured people require assistance with everyday tasks and are often unable to return to work for the remainder of their lives. They often require extensive rehabilitation and psychological therapy to regain any degree of function.
Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Serious TBIs are among the most catastrophic of all injuries we handle at Curiel and Runion. A person with this type of injury often struggles with the simplest tasks and may lose the ability to maintain relationships because of cognitive and communicative difficulties. The damages go far beyond financial costs; victims are changed in myriad ways, and demands for compensation must recognize the full range of losses the victim has suffered.
For competent and compassionate representation, call the law offices of Curiel and Runion to schedule an appointment for yourself or your family member who has suffered a brain injury.